Events: Events series

Events: Event series

ODI regularly hosts events series, which take an in-depth look at key development and humanitarian issues.


31 December 2014 - 31 December 2015
Event Series
​In 2015 ODI is launching #GlobalChallenges – a debate series bringing together the world’s most influential thinkers, decision makers, business leaders and opinion makers. The aim is to share ideas, debate and highlight practical action around these major issues – issues which often don’t get air-time in the domestically focussed public agenda. Each debate will be open for public participation – through lively public events at ODI Headquarters or in global digital space. 

Security and justice seminar series

1 March 2014 - 1 March 2015
Event Series
​A series of six seminars will be held throughout 2014-2015 to discuss key conceptual and practical issues related to security and justice programming, providing the opportunity for regular meetings amongst the security and justice community of practice, helping to build stronger connections, relationships and shared knowledge, and in turn supporting better programming.

Elections, legitimacy and transitions: lessons from emerging democracies

19 March 2013 - 19 March 2014
Event Series

An astonishing political transformation has taken place around the world over the past three decades. Today, a majority of countries are ‘electoral democracies’. Even the Middle East, a region that long seemed immune to democratisation, is in the midst of momentous change. In country after country, people have risked their lives to call for free elections, and elections have been held in all but 5 countries since 2000. Clearly, there is a lot more to democracy than elections — but elections are among its most visible elements, and they have become almost universal. This event series, which is part of a wider ODI initiative, in partnership with International IDEA and BBC Media Action, on “Why elections matter: Assessing the quality of governance in emerging democracies”, will pull together insights and lessons that have emerged about both the opportunities that elections offer and some of the challenges they raise.

Developments in public finance: evidence, theory and practice

20 June - 31 December 2012
Event Series

This event series delivered by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE) explored pertinent issues in public finance in developing countries and fragile states. By convening a range of specialists – including researchers, policy-makers and practitioners – the series aimed to share evidence, ideas and innovations to spur improvements in practice and to drive forward the research agenda.

For more information about the series and to register interest in future seminars, please contact Rebecca Simson (

Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) series: ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom-up: examining what works, what does not work, and why'

21 March 2012 - 31 January 2013
Event Series

This series comprises six discussions around the theme of ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom-up: examining what works, what does not work, and why'. The series reflects on the four years of implementing Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programmes such as Mwananchi in various parts of the world.

Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions

9 November 2011
Event Series

The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York are partnering to offer a yearly ‘Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions’, a week-long programme targeting mid-career and senior professionals.

Busan and beyond: aid effectiveness in a new era

7 July - 30 October 2011
Event Series

Aid effectiveness is again at the top of the development agenda. As the aid community prepares to meet at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in November 2011, this ODI event series examines some of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed by the policymaking community.

Climate finance effectiveness

24 March - 30 May 2011
Event Series

2011 is an important year for climate finance.  With the 17th COP meeting of the UNFCCC planned for the end of the year in Durban, South Africa, strong progress on climate finance is necessary for the success of the international negotiations.